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 MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009

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PostSubject: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:47 pm

There are new PTG photos coming from Ray Cunningham's recent trip to the DPRk. His flickr page is HERE and I will post the TG pics in this thread as they become available.
He shared some insight into NK with me recently, and with permission I relay a few of his observations:

    Photography of the Traffic Girls – The guides I had were fascinated by my interest in the traffic girls so they assisted me. By the end of the tour the guides (KWP members) were having me holler out to them as we passed them. Of course I didn’t exactly know what I said in Korean but I think it was on the order of “I Love you”

    They are shy as I photographed at a few locations and saw different ones after a shift change. I did see them laugh and giggle while hanging out under a tree. The stern look was from one of them seemed to be in reaction to photography but others seemed flattered. It varies and Koreans in general are more shy than the Chinese who are used to photography.

    Stills work best for the traffic girls. I love the eerie sound of the propaganda speakers on video but I prefer stills timed to their stopped movements. It is a form of ballet that will be gone someday. Some photos I have are blurred by movement but many turn out.

    There is a school for training traffic girls. I was told that they go to school and are chosen for looks but the story that KJI chooses them struck the guides as absurd. It is an honor to be chosen to do the work but it is an occupation. I should have asked if ever any girl has been killed on duty. It is my belief that they are not on duty after dark. Men with lit vests are on duty. It is really dark in Pyongyang without street lights. I saw one dead pedestrian on the south side of town one evening.

He's also hoping to arrange a photoshoot at the Trafficgirl school next year, which would be really interesting and something to look forward to - I just hope the NK authorities agree to it.

Click on the pictures to see the flickr page, and for larger sizes.



I like this one - two PTGs, a shift change, a night shot and on the new podiums.


more to come


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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Sat Sep 26, 2009 1:46 am

Here's some more ..... click on the picture to see larger sizes



also check out his photo page for all pics of the DPRK trip. http://www.flickr.com/photos/zaruka/
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:43 pm

at least they will stay dry
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:03 pm

Despite how silly those things seem, it does increase the visibility of the traffic girls, so it must make them feel a lot safer. Of course the "Dear Leader" claims all the credit for this idea.
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:17 am

Why aren't these platforms/podiums decorated with propaganda of the Dear Leader????
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:23 am

Mayor_of_Pyongyang wrote:
Why aren't these platforms/podiums decorated with propaganda of the Dear Leader????
Are you mocking them? tsk tsk fingerwag

Here's another:
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Absolutely no traffic to be seen.
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:02 am

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Mayor_of_Pyongyang wrote:
Why aren't these platforms/podiums decorated with propaganda of the Dear Leader????
Are you mocking them? tsk tsk fingerwag

Here's another:
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Absolutely no traffic to be seen.

WAIT A MINUTE....I SEE ONE BICYCLE!
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:42 pm

Mayor_of_Pyongyang wrote:
Dear Leader wrote:
Mayor_of_Pyongyang wrote:
Why aren't these platforms/podiums decorated with propaganda of the Dear Leader????
Are you mocking them? tsk tsk fingerwag

Here's another:
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Absolutely no traffic to be seen.

WAIT A MINUTE....I SEE ONE BICYCLE!
And the bicycle is being WALKED through the intersection, are they forbidden to ride them across?
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:46 am

Here's 19 more PTG pics from Ray, the latest uploads - Click on thumbnail to see larger picture.









flickr page tons of DPRK photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/zaruka/
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:51 am

I think it would be cool if the circle in the middle of the platform could rotate as to the direction the traffic girl needs to face in order to direct traffic.

This question is unrelated, but does Pyongyang have sewers? I see no drains at the corners and the streets don't seem to taper off at the sides, indicating there is no place for water run-off. What happens to the streets during a rain storm?
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:26 pm

The rain would flow to the lowest elevation - perhaps the streets channel the water to the river.
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:17 pm

Mayor_of_Pyongyang wrote:
I think it would be cool if the circle in the middle of the platform could rotate as to the direction the traffic girl needs to face in order to direct traffic.
OMG does that give me a great idea. They could make souvenir traffic girl music boxes for the tourists! I can see it now - a miniature replica of the new podium complete with umbrella. A small 3" high painted figure of a traffic girl, raised baton, stands on the circle on the podium. You crank the winding key under the podium music box, and as the miniature TG slowly rotates, the gentle refrain of Airirang would eminate from the podium.

These things would sell like hotcakes! And not only would tourists buy them, but they could be exported throughout the world. It could become a major source of income for the bankrupt NK regime.

Alternate songs for the music box like "baby you can drive my car" "raindrops keep falling on my head" or "crosstown traffic" could also be offered.

In a couple years when these things are being mass-produced, I can point to this post as claim of intellectual copyright and sue for my share of the profits!
$$$ Trafficgirl turning $$$
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:56 am

LOL - sign me up for one.

It's a PTG gold mine - the pics from Ray keep on coming ......
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:17 pm

hah I found Ray's photos on flickr and this site I will say they look good with the sunglasses on and white gloves.. but I do have a question to ask what is with the whistle and looking like they are waving?

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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:56 am

Mike wrote:
hah I found Ray's photos on flickr and this site I will say they look good with the sunglasses on and white gloves.. but I do have a question to ask what is with the whistle and looking like they are waving?

Trafficgirl spinning
Grasshopper - they whistle for attention and 'wave' to signal a direction
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PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:14 am


    20 MORE NEW UPLOADS from Ray !!

    click on thumbnails for larger pics....









    he has also posted 2 short video clips-
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/zaruka/4011836162/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/zaruka/4011888690/

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    PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:08 pm

    I like all of them. The white uniforms are my favorite.
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    PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:25 am

    dozaryes wrote:
    I like all of them. The white uniforms are my favorite.
    Summer white. Ray should be bringing back plenty of pictures of the PTGs in summer white from this year's upcoming trip. thumbup
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    PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:42 am


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    PostSubject: Re: MANY NEW PTG PHOTOS from Ray Cunningham - DPRK trip Sept. 2009   Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:22 am

    Hang in there duchebag. Generalissimo will recognize your true brilliance soon traffic girl mad
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